The Ports and Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML) Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), said it has being witnessing increase in the number of imported by Nigerians through the port, saying the figure has rose by 35 per cent at the end of the third quarter of the year.
Customs Area Controller of the Command, Mrs. Florence Dixon who dropped in a recent interview with newsmen in Lagos, said the development is sequel to the recent closure of the Nation’s land borders and the subsequent reduction of smuggling of vehicles and other prohibited goods into Nigeria through the land borders. She said in view of the rising cargo throughput of the Command, she is optimistic that the command will surpass its revenue target this year, even as it posted N116.5 billion between January and September 2019, less than N4 billion of its N120 billion revenue target in 2019. Mrs. Dixon who spoke through the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Yakubu Mohammed said when compared to the performance of the Command in the corresponding period in 2018, it was in surplus by N28, 915,886,401 which is a 33 per cent increase over last year’s performance. She noted that since the closure of the land borders by the Federal Government, there has been an upsurge in vehicle throughput coming into the Lagos Ports most especially the Port and Terminal Multiservices Limited.
A development, according to him, has translated to high revenue collection by the Command within the review period. A peep into the Q3 revenue profile of the Command in September indicate that over N13.2 billion was collected as against the money collected during the same period in 2018 when N10.2 billion was collected.
Lauding port users for their high level of compliance with the provisions of CEMA Act and officers dedication to duty, Mrs. Dixon expressed her confidence in the command’s capacity the revenue target given to it this year by the management of Nigeria Customs Service. Meanwhile, the PRO, Yakubu Mohammed has expressed satisfaction over the volume of vehicles so far received at the command in recent times. According to him, the border closure has impacted positively on the vehicle traffic at the command, thereby raising business activities at the command and by extension a rising revenue profile for the command.